The Lord's Call to Israel

Isaiah 48

12 "Listen to Me, O Jacob,
And Israel, My called:
I am He, n I am the o First,
I am also the Last.
13 Indeed p My hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
And My right hand has stretched out the heavens;
When q I call to them,
They stand up together.

14 "All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!
Who among them has declared these things?
r The LORD loves him;
s He shall do His pleasure on Babylon,
And His arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken;
Yes, t I have called him,
I have brought him, and his way will prosper.
16 "Come near to Me, hear this:
u I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;
From the time that it was, I was there.
And now v the Lord GOD and His Spirit
1 Have 2 sent Me."

17 Thus says w the LORD, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
"I am the LORD your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
x Who leads you by the way you should go.
18 y Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!
z Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
19 a Your descendants also would have been like the sand,
And the offspring of your body like the grains of sand;
His name would not have been cut off
Nor destroyed from before Me."

20 b Go forth from Babylon!
Flee from the Chaldeans!
With a voice of singing,
Declare, proclaim this,
Utter it to the end of the earth;
Say, "The LORD has c redeemed
His servant Jacob!"
21 And they d did not thirst
When He led them through the deserts;
He e caused the waters to flow from the rock for them;
He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out.

22 "There f is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:39
    Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:6
    Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
    Revelation 22:13
    "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 20:11
    For in six days the LORD made the heavens and t...
    Psalms 102:25
    Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, An...
    Isaiah 42:5
    Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens...
    Isaiah 45:12
    I have made the earth, And created man on it. I...
    Isaiah 45:18
    For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens...
    Hebrews 1:10 - 12
    And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foun...
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:26
    Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:1
    Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held - To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:28
    Who says of Cyrus, ' He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, "You shall be built," And to the temple, "Your foundation shall be laid."
    Isaiah 47:1 - 15
    Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:1
    Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held - To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:
    Isaiah 45:2
    I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:19
    I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, 'Seek Me in vain'; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:1
    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
    Zechariah 2:8
    For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
    Zechariah 2:9
    For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.
    Zechariah 2:11
    Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:14
    Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon, And bring them all down as fugitives - The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 32:8
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
    Isaiah 49:9
    That You may say to the prisoners, 'Go forth,' To those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' "They shall feed along the roads, And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.
    Isaiah 49:10
    They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by the springs of water He will guide them.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:29
    Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
    Psalms 81:13
    Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:1 - 14
    Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
    Psalms 119:165
    Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
    Isaiah 32:16 - 18
    Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
    Isaiah 66:12
    For thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; On her sides shall you be carried, And be dandled on her knees.
  14. Cross References
    Genesis 22:17
    Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I wi...
    Isaiah 10:22
    For though your people, O Israel, be as the san...
    Isaiah 44:3
    For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, An...
    Isaiah 44:4
    They will spring up among the grass Like willow...
    Isaiah 54:3
    For you shall expand to the right and to the le...
    Jeremiah 33:22
    'As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor ...
    Hosea 1:10
    "Yet the number of the children of Israel Shall...
  15. Cross References
    Jeremiah 50:8
    Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the l...
    Jeremiah 51:6
    Flee from the midst of Babylon, And every one s...
    Jeremiah 51:45
    My people, go out of the midst of her! And let ...
    Zechariah 2:6
    Up, up! Flee from the land of the north," says ...
    Zechariah 2:7
    "Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daugh...
    Revelation 18:4
    And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "...
  16. Cross References
    Exodus 19:4 - 6
    You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:17
    The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
    Isaiah 41:18
    I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 17:6
    Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
    Psalms 105:41
    He opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:21
    "There is no peace," Says my God, "for the wicked."
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